This article is about the Google Android device. For Philip K. Dick's fictional Nexus-6 androids, see .
The Nexus 6 (codenamed Shamu) is a co-developed by and that runs the . The successor to the , the device is the sixth smartphone in the series, a family of Android consumer devices marketed by Google and built by an partner. Nexus 6 along with HTC served as the launch devices for .
The Nexus 6's design and hardware is very similar to that of the second-generation , which was released around the same time, with the Nexus 6 being larger and having higher specs while running stock Android.
The Nexus 6 was unveiled on October 15, 2014, with pre-order availability since October 29, 2014, and a delivery date in early November. Off-contract pricing in the was US9 for the 32 GB model and US9 for the 64 GB model. The Nexus 6 was available through , , , , , , , and in the United States.
In November 2014, availability was announced for 12 other countries, including , , , , , ,, , the , , and the .
The AT&T version is , with disabled until a fee is paid to enable it, and comes with custom ringtones.
On January 26, 2015, Motorola (now a subsidiary of firm ) announced that a similar device would be released in China, named Moto X Pro; it Google services and applications, but still runs a similarly stock version of Android.
On April 22, 2015, it was announced that the Nexus 6 would be the only phone then supported by Google's new venture.
Following the September 2015 release of the Nexus 6's successor, the , Google stopped selling the Nexus 6 on the Play Store in December 2015. Google has a stated policy of at least two years of software updates and three years (or 18 months after the last sale date on the Play Store, whichever is longer) of security updates. The Nexus 6 had guaranteed software updates through October 2016 and security patches through October 2017, however, Google announced that the Nexus 6 will receive the Android 7.1 update. This update was initially expected in December 2016, but it was delayed until January 5, 2017 due to a "last minute bug". In January 2017, Google announced that the Nexus 6, along with the tablet, won't receive the 7.1.2 Nougat update, making 7.1.1 the last major software update from Google themselves. However, the phone will continue to receive monthly security patches while retaining the last major Android version received until October 2017.
The Nexus 6 is powered by a 2.7 GHz quad-core processor with 3 of RAM, and either 32 or 64 GB of internal storage. It features a 3220 mAh battery with quick charging technology that promises to deliver six hours of operation after 15 minutes of charging. The Nexus 6 uses a 5.96-inch (marketed as six-inch) (RGBG) display with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels (493 ), and includes a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with (OIS), surrounded by a dual LED flash ring, and a two-megapixel camera on front.
Like its predecessor, the Nexus 6 does not have a slot, a removable battery, or an FM radio receiver/transmitter.
The Nexus 6's hardware supports for storage devices, the functionality was originally disabled by software but was enabled in later Android updates.
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The Nexus 6 was released with .
The Nexus 6 was the first Android device to have integrated IMS WiFi calling on T-Mobile, which was issued via an update. WiFi Calling on T-Mobile's network has existed since 2007, although this is the first time native WiFi calling has been integrated into the core of Android. Previously T-Mobile offered WiFi calling on select Android handsets using software from Kineto Wireless.
In September 2015, Android 5.1.1 was rolled out to the Nexus 6, containing a fix for the bug.
In November 2015, Nexus 6 started receiving update across the world. The following month, the Nexus 6 became one of the first devices to get the Android 6.0.1 update.
On August 22, 2016, began rolling out to several supported Nexus devices, however the one for Nexus 6 was delayed. Weeks after the official roll-out, Google stated that the Nexus 6 release would come "in the coming weeks." Nougat was eventually released for the Nexus 6 on October 3, 2016, 6 weeks after the official Nougat release. There has been no official statement on what caused the delay.
On October 11, 2016, Google officially announced Android 7.1 Nougat after it had been debuted with the release the week before. This announcement confirmed that the Nexus 6, along with other supported devices, would receive Android 7.1 in early December. On December 5, 2016, Google announced the official release of Android 7.1.1 Nougat with most supported Google devices receiving the update, however the Nexus 6 was not included. On December 27, 2016, Google told Android Police that a "last minute bug" was discovered and will delay the update until "early January". Google officially released Android 7.1.1 for the Nexus 6 on January 5, 2017.
Matt Swider from wrote: "Nexus 6 proves that Google's Nexus program is not only far from dead, it's alive and kicking with a powerful 6-inch phablet that runs its latest Android software. It's bigger than the , but not better." The Nexus 6 was given 4.5 out of 5 stars in the TechRadar review.
- Some devices delivered through AT&T have a bug that causes the devices to boot to a black screen. AT&T will replace these defective units.
- Devices with experience issues with receiving calls.
- Some devices have an issue that causes the phone's back panel to come off. The issue may be due to the glue used for the back panel or the expanding battery pack that could be a fire hazard. Motorola is offering replacements for affected devices.
- It is heard that Google is downgrading Nexus 6 phones from Android 7.1.1 to 7.0 for unknown reason.
- The Nexus logo on the back of the device is known to peel off.
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